Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Vintage Machinery Sale Hailed a Big Success

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Vintage Machinery Sale Hailed a Big Success

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A vintage machinery sale in Northumberland has been hailed as an overwhelming success by auctioneer and sale co-ordinator Chris Armstrong, of Hexham & Northern Marts.

More than 2,000 visitors attended the Great Northern Annual Steam, Vintage, Veteran & Classic Tractor & Machinery event at Hexham Auction Mart, at which 130 tractors, 160 lots of machinery and 600 lots of parts, tools and collectables went under the hammer. With tractors from as far afield as Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man, buyers flocked from all over England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland in search of a bargain, with many machines finding new homes by close of business.

In addition to the catalogued sale, visitors were able to browse through the Tractor & Machinery trade hall with over 20 vintage related trade stands selling all manner of goods from spare parts and scale models to books, videos and clothing with all traders reporting brisk sales throughout the day. Another point of interest which proved very popular was the display, by kind permission of John Moffitt CBE, of the world's oldest petrol driven tractor `The Ivel', which stood in the main foyer and attracted a lot of attention as hundreds of buyers and sellers went about their business.

All classes of goods sold well with enthusiastic bidding throughout the day culminating with the sale of tractors which saw many tractors selling to a premium such as two local crawler machines, an E27N and Bogmaster selling to pounds 3,000 and pounds 4,800 respectively.

As with all such sales, a combination of fluctuating demand and unrealistic reserves resulted in a number of tractors not being sold, although the final figure of 43pc clearance was deemed very encouraging.

Mr Armstrong said: "Following the initial demand for a dedicated vintage sale at Hexham, we were astounded with the response from vendors wishing to enter goods but also with the number of inquiries from potential buyers. …

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